Okay, Brokeback Mountain
shirts selling for $100,000 and scenes
from the film being depicted with Legos is one
thing; when the Taiwanese president starts using a movie about gay
cowboys sheepherders in
statements about diplomacy, I'm starting to think maybe people are taking this film a little too seriously.
Actually, I started thinking that as I was policing the 84,000th comment on the Legos post, but this is really the
final straw. The president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian, speaking at a banquet, used Brokeback Mountain as
an analogy for relations between the US
and Taiwan. No, seriously.
Chen said the theme of the movie transcends the storyline of love between two men, and that it has important messages about creating trust, dispelling prejudice and Taiwan and the United States together pursuing a "great new world" (presumably, one where the US and Taiwan are free to love each other and engage in trade without the religious right getting their shorts in a twist). Wonkette got into the game, pointing out that "Taiwan is definitely Jake Gyllenhaal" (you can guess why). Even The New Yorker is jumping on the politics and Brokeback bandwagon, with a cover depicting Bush and Cheney as Jack and Ennis. I can buy the Bush-Cheney analysis (guess that would make the American people the sheep being herded, eh?), but the Taiwan-US thing is a bit of a stretch for me. I guess if Crash can be the movie about race relations, though, Brokeback can be the movie about politics.